ISLAMABAD: Adviser to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman on Awareness and Prevention, Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, has resigned as media consultant from the Bureau, apparently on some differences with the top NAB hierarchy on policy matters.
The NAB sources confirmed to The News that Dr Ayesha Siddiqa handed over her resignation to the NAB chairman and now she is working on one month notice period. Dr Ayesha Siddiqa joined NAB as a consultant following the appointment of Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari as NAB chairman. She was considering to resign for many days as she had some reservations about the policy matter and she even expressed these reservations on different occasions before the top NAB hierarchy.
After Dr Ayesha Siddiqa’s resignation, Brigadier (r) Shaukat Qadir, who is hired for two-year contract in NAB and was tasked with the ‘Media Accountability’ in NAB, has emerged as a strong candidate as in charge of the Media Cell. Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, who is a renowned defence analyst and author of a book on military in corporate business—‘Military Inc: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy’, assumed the charge of NAB media consultant following the Admiral (r) Fasih Bokhari’s taking charge of the NAB chairman.
She is a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (South Asia Studies Programme), teaching Pakistan’s political economy and the history of Pakistan. Dr Ayesha Siddiqa now wanted to return to her original job of research and also wanted to complete her research work. Due to heavy responsibilities in NAB, she was not giving enough time to the research so decided to turn back to her original job of research.